postheadericon Ithaca Y To Open New Playground

y-newlogo120The Ithaca Y wants a safe playground for 3 to 5 year old kids.  They don't have one now.  But thanks to crowd funding and corporate and private donations the new playground will be ready for play at the end of the day on August 15th.  That's in plenty of time for the grand opening on August 23rd.

"It's happening.  We're going to have a community fun fair and open house here," Ithaca Y CEO Frank Towner says.  "We're going to have the grand opening of the playground.  And we're going to have a recognition ceremony for our new branding.  Our new logo will go in front of the building."

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postheadericon Danks Burke To Lead March for the Animals

spca_march120Jim Bouderau, SPCA of Tompkins County executive director, announced Thursday that Leslie Danks Burke and family will serve as Chairs of the shelter's biggest annual fundraising event, the March for the Animals.

The March for the Animals is scheduled for Sunday, October 5. Like other local 'friend raising' events, the majority of fundraising for the $100,000 goal will take place in the weeks leading up to the event.

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postheadericon Library Offers Virtual Card Access

tcpl120The smartest card in Tompkins County Public Library cardholders’ wallets just got a little smarter--access to virtual library cards is now available on smartphones.

Easy-to-use apps like CardStar and Key Ring now make it possible for patrons to scan their library card barcodes into their phones.  During check-out, patrons can present their phones to a Circulation and Access Services staff member for scanning. 

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postheadericon Newman Arboretum Featured In New Book

treeslivehere120The F. R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell Plantations is among the 33 arboretums featured in 'Trees Live Here: the Arboretums of America', the first book to be devoted to these very special public gardens. These are beautiful places, often jewels of their communities. Each year, they are visited by millions of people, from parents with strollers to photographers, and from school children to scientists.

Written by a committed lover of trees, life-long Seattle resident Susan McDougall has traveled, mostly by train, with her camera, taken far too many photographs, and combined them with a readable and informative text. One chapter is devoted to each of the 33, ranging from Boston to Honolulu and Seattle to Miami, discussing its individual history, collections, and special trees, along with information for visitors. The book is illustrated with more than 800 photographs by the author and includes an index of plant names.

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postheadericon Solar Capacity in New York Grew 30% in 2013

solarNew York, NY – Environment New York Research & Policy Center released a new report: "Lighting the Way” Tuesday showing strong solar growth across the nation including a 30% increase in New York State in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

New York's progress on solar has helped fuel a tripling of solar energy nationwide between 2011 and 2013. In 2013, solar capacity in New York grew from 175 MW to 250 MW.

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Meet Sophie! This one-eyed beauty has come so far since her arrival at the shelter. She came in with a ruptured eye, injured paw, and was very scared. After some TLC from our medical team, Sophie started to feel better and with that, started showing staff her sweet, affectionate side. We're confident that with patient owners, Sophie will blossom in her new home. She seems to get along fine with other calm cats here at the shelter and should do well in a home too. Give this special girl the home she deserves - she'll be forever grateful!

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